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July 29
Nursing Assistant Certificate Program

​Yakima Campus – YVCC is currently enrolling students for the Nursing Assistant Certificate (NAC). Classes begin September 21, 2015 at the Yakima Campus. YVCC's NAC is a two-quarter program that will prepare students for a career as a nursing assistant. Deadline to register is September 1, 2015.

Who: Individuals interested in a career as a Nursing Assistant. After completion of the training students will be eligible to test for the Nursing Assistant Certificate. 

Eligibility: All interested students will be CASAS tested at YVCC. We are looking for students who test at CASAS Levels: Reading-4, Writing-4 and Math-3. All interested students will have to pass two background checks and provide proof of the following immunizations: TDAP, HEP B, MMR, VAR, PPD and flu.

Funding: Grant funding is available for eligible students.  ​

How to Register: Those interested in attending this course should schedule a meeting with YVCC WorkFirst Coordinator Patricia Moreno at 509.574.4733 / by September 1, 2015. For more information:

July 09
Spring 2015 Honor Roll

​Yakima, Washington - Yakima Valley Community College is pleased to announce the students who received honor roll status on the President's or Dean's List for Spring Quarter 2015. Included are the standards for these honors as well as the list of students.

Scholastic Standards

Each quarter the college recognizes outstanding academic achievement by placing students on the President's List or the Dean's List. Each of the students who meet the criteria for these designations will receive a letter and a certificate acknowledging this award. A notation of the award will also be placed on the student's permanent transcript.

President's List

To receive the President's List designation, a student must earn both of the following:

1. A quarterly grade point average of 3.85 or higher.

2. A minimum of 12 graded credits (S and CR grades not included).

YVCC-honor roll_spring 2015 presidents list.pdf

Dean's List

To receive the Dean's List designation, a student must earn both of the following:

1. A quarterly grade point average of 3.40-3.84.

2. A minimum of 12 graded credits (S and CR grades not included). ​

YVCC-honor roll_spring 2015 deans list.pdf

Part-time Students

The college is aware that some of our part-time students have also achieved significant academic success while balancing full-time jobs, family responsibilities, and college studies. Part-time students are eligible each time they complete 12 credits at YVCC and their GPA falls within the designated list for the quarter. Part-time students need to notify the Registration and Records Office each time they qualify. Dean's List and President's List notations will be posted on the transcript for the quarter in which the 12 credits are completed at YVCC.​​

July 07
YVCC names Kyle Krustangel as head baseball coach

​Yakima, WA - Yakima Valley Community College has announced that Kyle Krustangel has been selected as the new Head Baseball Coach for the Yaks.  Krustangel will formally begin duties immediately.

Krustangel has solid baseball coaching experience at the college, high school, and American Legion levels of the game.  From 2014-15, Krustangel was an assistant with Whitworth University and was on the staff that led the Pirates to the Northwest Conference title and qualified for the NCAA Division 3 Regional Tournament in 2015.  For the past three seasons (2013-15), he has also been the head coach of the Spokane Bandits AAA American Legion team.  In addition from 2012-14, Krustangel coached baseball and taught history at Bridgeport High School in Bridgeport, WA and was named "Coach of the Year" for the North Central Washington 2B Conference in 2014.  A former intercollegiate student-athlete, Krustangel played one season at Big Bend Community College and three years for Whitworth University, twice being named to the all Northwest Conference Team.

After a complete and thorough process in the selection of Krustangel, the interview committee believes YVCC is getting a very organized, passionate, and committed individual who wants to continue adding to the storied baseball tradition at YVCC.  "Kyle's energy and organizational skills came across quite clearly during the interview phase of this hiring process," states YVCC Athletic Director Ray Funk.  "It was quite apparent that he had thoroughly prepared for this opportunity and the consensus from the committee was that he has a nice combination of the passion, experience, and commitment level needed to successfully lead the various aspects of an intercollegiate baseball program."

​Krustangel replaces Marcus McKimmy, who was the head coach for the Yaks for four seasons (2011-15) and assisted the program for two seasons (2009-11) prior to that.  During McKimmy's tenure, he led YVCC to an overall record of 115-73, winning the 2012 East Region Championship and qualifying for the NWAC Championship Tournament in 2012 and 2013, placing 3rd in 2013.  ​

July 07
Graduates - Spring 2015

​Yakima, Washington - Yakima Valley Community College is pleased to announce graduates for Spring Quarter 2015. Included are the requirements for these degrees as well as the list of graduates and their degrees.

General Education Requirements: In order to meet general requirements, all candidates for degrees from Yakima Valley Community College must have:

  1. A minimum of 90 quarter credits; some professional/technical degrees require more.

  2. A cumulative college-level grade point average of 2.0 or higher at YVCC.

  3. A minimum of 24 credits completed at YVCC.

General Education in Transfer Degrees: General education in transfer degrees introduces students to the content and methodology of the major areas of knowledge-the humanities, the natural sciences, and the social sciences. The faculty has identified and adopted two fundamental abilities essential to lifelong learning that are assessed in courses across the degree.

  • Analytical Reasoning is the ability to consider an issue, idea, or concept systematically and assess the component parts and their application.

  • Communication includes the delivery and reception of ideas.

Six other abilities reflect skills and values which the faculty consider important to being an educated person. Historical perspective, research, aesthetic literacy, service learning, problem solving, and cross-cultural global perspective are practiced within various courses of the general education curriculum.

General Education Requirements for Applied Science: Professional/Technical Degrees and Certificates (45+ credits)

In order to be awarded an applied science degree or certificate, students must complete courses covering three core competency distribution areas: computation, communication, and human relations. Specific courses are required that will fulfill these competencies. The curriculum in professional/technical areas is competency based and has been developed to meet industry-wide skills standards.​

For more information about YVCC degrees and certificates visit

YVCC Graduate List_Spring 2015.pdf

June 17
Governor appoints Dr. Sara Cate to Yakima Valley Community College Board of Trustees

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Yakima, WA – Yakima Valley Community College is pleased to welcome Dr. Sara Cate to the Board of Trustees.

Dr. Sara Cate earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Swarthmore College and a master's degree in public health – epidemiology from the University of Michigan before attending the University of Washington's School of Medicine where she also completed her residency training. She has worked as a family physician in Ellensburg and Yakima for the past 22 years. She also serves as a faculty at Central Washington Family Medicine's residency program.

Dr. Cate is passionate about teaching: from caring for her patients to mentoring medical students, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and Family Medicine residents, Dr. Cate is dedicated to helping train the next generation of medical professionals.

Dr. Cate also strongly believes in Yakima Valley Community College and its efforts to provide access to quality education and career pathways particularly for those with limited resources.  "I want to work to ensure that the education provided in this community is exceptional and accessible," stated Dr. Cate.

She and her husband Dr. Russell Maier live in Yakima. She is an avid hiker who loves to spend her free time with her family and her two dogs exploring the beautiful landscape of Central Washington.

Dr. Cate's term of office is effective June 12, 2015 until September 30, 2019. 

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